16 May '11, 2pm

Myanmar announces limited cut to jail terms: YANGON - MYANMAR'S military-backed government announced a limited a...

Myanmar announces limited cut to jail terms: YANGON - MYANMAR'S military-backed government announced a limited a...

A message by President Thein Sein, read out on state TV news on Monday, said those who faced the death penalty would have their sentences reduced to life imprisonment. -- PHOTO: AFP YANGON - MYANMAR'S military-backed government announced a limited amnesty on Monday by reducing all current prisoners' sentences by one year. The news will come as a disappointment to those calling for the release of political prisoners, after an official said earlier this month that the government was preparing to grant an amnesty to some people in jail. A message by President Thein Sein, read out on state TV news on Monday, said those who faced the death penalty would have their sentences reduced to life imprisonment. 'Prisoners will get amnesty on humanitarian grounds and through sympathy for their families,' said the announcement. There are more than 2,200 political prisoners in Myanmar, ac...

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